I was just at the California Escrow Association annual conference in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of meeting in person several people that have been following my mailings for quite some time. It warms my heart to meet the person that goes with the name and hear how some of my information has been helpful. Things like that make what I do meaningful, and I am truly grateful.
This month it seemed appropriate to have gratitude as the topic since most of my readers are in the USA and will be celebrating Thanksgiving on the 24th. If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I have a topic for the month and then pull portions out to use in my Java with Jan and go into more depth. Well, this month I'm going to do a deep dive into the topic in this newsletter with lighter spin-offs in my Java's.
Gratitude Isn't Just for Thanksgiving by Jan Cerasaro
Many long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster recovery rate from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude's many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone, or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word.
There is much written about having a gratitude journal which we'll discuss in the coming months but today let's look at how to be grateful for just one thing. If asked in the morning what you are grateful for many of you would say 'Coffee" and I completely understand that, however, here comes the deep dive.
Holding that cup of coffee in your hand I would like you to ponder what, and who was involved in making that happen. There are the farmers that grow and harvest the beans. Then someone must roast them and package them for delivery. They are then transported to a store where you pick them up and bring them home, to brew and enjoy. But wait, there's so much more. Who invented and manufactured the truck that picked up the beans from the farmer? What about the boxes and sacks used in shipping, someone grew the lumber, and cut it to make the boxes while many people are involved in the process of making the sacks. There are people that created the fuel for the truck and made the roads that the trucks used, and on and on.
I bet you never thought about the hundreds or thousands of people involved in getting you that cup of coffee. There is a saying used when you go from one thought to another getting deeper and deeper into a subject and that is "Going down the rabbit hole". I think you can easily see how you could do the same thing with something that seems to be as simple as a cup of coffee. As I look around my home with my books, furnishings, clothes, etc. I realize that thousands of people had participated in making it all.
While I don't recommend doing a deep dive like this very often (as it's time-consuming) it can be a useful technique if you have a day when you don't feel like there is much to be grateful for. I know this is a different way of looking at being grateful, but I wanted to provide you with another perspective. When being grateful for that cup of coffee, you are showing gratitude to many.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ----John F. Kennedy
I will be the speaker for the San Diego County Escrow Association on Nov 15th, via Zoom. This will be a new presentation titled: "Change Happens--How to Make it Work for You". Here is the link to register for the meeting if you would like to hear the presentation.
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